Travel Restriction Guidance

For Domestic Travelers Only –  In line with CCD guidance for domestic travel, it is recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated get tested 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after travel.

For International Travelers Only –  Anyone traveling out of the country on university business will be required  (unless fully vaccinated) to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to leaving for travel, and a separate negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours upon return. For travelers who were vaccinated on campus or who have voluntarily submitted their vaccination status using the HealthyPack Portal will be exempt from the travel testing requirement. Attestation of completed testing should be managed internally by your respective department accordingly.



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COVID-19 FAQ’s Document

The COVID-19 FAQ document include frequently asked questions and are provided with specific guidance as it relates to university and UNC system policy and guidelines, CDC recommendations, and best practices, to align with restart planning efforts.  Questions are continually added and updated in this document. 

Update June 11, 2021

Effective Monday, June 14, there will be no restrictions for domestic university-related travel. Anyone traveling out of the state on university business will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to leaving for travel, and a separate negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours upon return. However, travelers who were vaccinated on campus or who have voluntarily submitted their vaccination status using the HealthyPack Portal will be exempt from the travel testing requirement. Additional information about how to provide attestation of test results will be forthcoming.

NC State community members planning international university-related travel must continue to submit a travel exception request for review. Travel exception requests must be submitted via the Travel Exception Form.

Update June 18, 2020

University travel remains restricted due to UNC System directives and public health concerns. All travel is considered an exception and must be approved by the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designees. Travel exception approvals are required before travel occurs, and for reimbursement of any travel expenses. The only exemptions to this travel exception requirement are 1) reimbursement for in-state mileage-only travel; or 2) reimbursement for in-state travel with no overnight stay.

Emergency Management and Mission Continuity (EMMC) will continue to coordinate the travel exception process for the university and advise the Cabinet regarding UNC System, OSBM, State of North Carolina (including Executive Orders) and CDC travel protocol. The university will adhere to recommendations ensuring prudent and, as feasible, uniform decisions. All travel exception requests must be submitted via the Travel Exception Form(except for in-state mileage-only travel or in-state travel with no overnight stay which are exempted from this requirement).

  • As designated by the Chancellor, Cabinet leadership will review and determine resolution of travel exception requests specific to their functional areas.
  • The travel exception process is a preliminary step to, not in lieu of, the standing travel authorization process. Colleges and units are expected to review, and approve or deny, travel authorization requests per their normal standard operating procedures.
  • Travel exception requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to travel departure date and no further than two months in advance.
  • An email confirming the submission will be sent to the individual initiating the request. When the request is routed to the Cabinet leader for review, the applicable Associate Dean for Research,Academic Affairs, or Extension (ADR/ADAA/ADE) or similar key contact, and the unit Financelead such as the Assistant Dean for Finance (ADF), will be copied.
  • Resolution of the request (approval or denial) will be communicated via email to the requester, and the applicable ADR/ADAA/ADE/ADF or key contact.
  • If the travel exception is approved by the Cabinet leader, the approval email must be uploaded with the travel authorization and travel reimbursement request in MyPack Portal.
  • Travel exception requests must be approved in advance of submitting a travel authorization via MyPack Portal.
  • Documented approvals of travel exception requests are required to receive reimbursement for travel expenses.

Approval of travel exceptions may be revoked or adjusted at any time as deemed appropriate by university leadership due to changes in risk locally, the area in which travel is planned and travel conveyances; and will be communicated to the traveler as appropriate.

Questions related to the travel exception process and/or status of an exception request should be directed to EMMC(919-515-9657 or

Please note the following which applies to all travelers:

COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and is becoming more widespread, including spreading in the community.COVID-19 is extremely contagious and believed to be spread mainly from person-to-person contact. Although the university has instituted reasonable practices in an attempt to lessen or reduce the spread of COVID-19, NC State cannot guarantee that you will never get exposed to the virus or get sick from it. Further, undertaking travel could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. You must review and comply with any federal, state, or local travel restrictions or requirements related to COVID-19 that apply to your travel destination. Please review any and all travel guidance and advisories for your destination, including the Centers for Disease Control’s “Considerations for Travelers” resource at to your travel.

The CDC, and state and local health departments, are reviewing and updating their respective guidance on the pandemic and its impact nearly every day. As a result, NC State reserves the right to restrict your travel if necessary to protect campus health and safety. Further, based on your travel destination, and government order or guidance, the university may restrict your access to campus for a certain period of time following your return in order to lessen the risk of possible COVID-19 transmission.

UPDATE March 11, 2020

Effective immediately and until further notice, all university-related travel outside the state of North Carolina, or within the state to gatherings of 100 or more people, is prohibited. Individuals and groups can submit an appeal for essential travel or special circumstances by completing a Travel Exception Request. Appeals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

UPDATE February 28, 2020

…Given the rapid spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the ongoing health and safety of the university community, effective immediately NC State is prohibiting university-related travel to CDC-designated Level 2 and Level 3 countries for coronavirus and will not reimburse travel to these areas. Until otherwise notified, this travel restriction applies to the countries listed above as well as any additional countries the CDC designates as Level 2 or Level 3 moving forward….

UPDATE January 28, 2020 

…As of January 27, CDC considers all of China a Restricted Travel Area. Therefore, NC State is prohibiting University-sponsored travel by faculty, students, and staff to the entire country and may further restrict travel based on CDC recommendations. Accordingly, NC State University will not authorize, award credit or funds, n or reimburse travel expenses for any activities involving travel to or in the affected areas…


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03/15/20 – Published
03/16/20 – Added Q24
06/18/20 – Added Travel Exception Process and Required Approvals during COVID-19 Impacted Operations 3d Memo
09/16/20 – Added FAQ’s